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Waterloo woman discovers missile in home

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An Iowa woman breathes a little easier after she discovered a missile in her basement was inactive, or inert.

While cleaning her basement, Carol Hora said she found the missile.

Moments later she called police.

Carol said her late husband, Retired Army Sergeant David Hora, had the inactive missile for more than 20 years.

"I don't know how he acquired it, or the circumstances, but it was something we didn't talk about. It was just there," Hora said.

Carol said she thought it was fake or even prop, until she tried moving it.

Even though the side of the missile read 'INERT' she decided to contact police.

"I knew I had called the right channel. He was only here for about two minutes, we discussed the situation, and then he took it," Hora said.

That's when Carol said she became emotional, "My husband just passed away on December 4th. We were married for 26 years, and we were together for 27. It's been a very hard process to go through, and I miss him terribly."

Carol said her husband would never be so reckless, as to keep a live missile in their home, but she said having it out of her house makes her feel several emotions. "A little bit of sadness, but it was a little bit relief, because I just don't need things like that in my home," Hora said.

According to Waterloo Police, the missile in question was deemed INERT, and it was never a threat to Carol or the community.

At this time, Waterloo Police say they're not certain what they'll do with the missile

It could be used for training exercises for bomb squads.

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